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This workshop sought to assess available documentary materials for the study of past climates in Canada, as well as prioritize the most important collections / datasets -- from the perspective of Canadian history, the physical and natural sciences, and public interest (policy). Participants helped identify how best to work with and make broadly accessible this material, while identifying research strengths and weaknesses in Canadian climate history. It was put on by the Early Canadian Environmental Data group.
If you missed the workshop, but nonetheless have an interest in
Canadian climate history, data, methodology or archival materials
related to its study, you can watch the presentations. Viewers will get
some excellent advice to aid in their research, as well as some
refreshing conversations regarding the importance of interdisciplinary
Citation: Pennesi, Karen. "Archiving Indigenous Weather Knowledge: How & Why?" Canadian Climate History Workshop. 24 October 2008.
Dr. Karen Pennesi is an assistant professor of Anthropology at the University of Western Ontario. In her work, she investigates the role weather and climate forecasts play in different sociocultural contexts including rural communities of Northeast Brazil, and Inuit communities in Nunavut. Her research integrates theoretical dimensions of linguistic and ecological anthropology in analyses of how weather-related communicative practices are tied to particular historical, social, environmental and epistemological contexts.
This presentation includes a discussion of the motivation for creating an online archive of indigenous weather knowledge as well as some practical issues of how to document what people know and how they come to know it. The aim of the archive is to facilitate cross-cultural comparisons and other research about patterns in environmental knowledge at a regional and global level.
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